Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Confirmed cases in Bihar rise to 535 as 7 more test positive; Munger worst-affected district with 102 infections

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Coronavirus in Bihar Latest Updates

Seven, including four minors, test positive in Bihar

Seven persons, including four minors, tested positive for COVID 19 on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in Bihar to 535, a top official said.Of the seven cases, five were male and two female. Five of them hail from Katihar district and one each from Kaimur and Siwan, Health Departments Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar said. 
COVID-19 cases have been detected in the state’s 32 of total 38 districts. Munger is the worst affected district with 102 cases. Four people have died of COVID-19 so far and there 400 active cases at present.

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Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

Telangana to open liquor shops

2,200 liquor shops will be opened in Telangana except the ones  in Containment Zones, ANI quotes chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao as saying.There will be 16 percent hike in the price liquor and the price of cheap liquor will be hiked by 11 percent. People not maintaining social distancing will have to bear consequences. No Mask, no liquor. No Mask, no goods,” he said.

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Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre hikes excise duty on petrol by Rs 10 per litre and on diesel by Rs 13 per litre

The Central Government has increased excise duties by Rs 10 per litre on petrol and Rs 13 per litre on diesel, reports ANI. Retail sale prices of petrol and diesel will, however, not change as the price hike will be absorbed by OMCs, according to CNBCTV18. These duty rate changes shall come into effect from 6th May, 2020.

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Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

COVID-19 cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar climb to 193 as 13 more test positive

A policeman deployed on the emergency 112 helpline service in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar has tested positive for the coronavirus, PTI quotes officials as saying. The colleagues, family members and other people who came in contact with the sub-inspector have been quarantined and his health condition is being continuouly monitored, a police spokesperson said.”It was still being assessed how the policeman got infected or if he came in contact with an infected person,” the spokesperson said. 
Besides the policeman, 13 other people, including two healthcare workers, tested positive for the COVID-19 infection in Gautam Buddh Nagar on Tuesday, according to officials.The number of total cases in the district now stands at 193, even as 109 patients have been discharged from hospitals after their successful treatment for coronavirus, the officials added.

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Coronavirus in Tripura Latest Updates

13 more BSF personnel test positive in Tripura

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that 13  personnel of BSF’s 138th Battalion, including a mess worker, had tested positive for the coronavirus pushing the total number of cases in the state to 42. None of them are civillians, he said adding that two persons have been cured and discharged and the number of active cases stands at 40.

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Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Over 500 small industrial units given nod to operate in Ghaziabad

The Ghaziabad district administration has allowed over 500 small industrial units to operate during the third phase of the coronavirus lockdown, reports PTI. An official said 532 shops in rural areas were also allowed to operate while in city areas, 650 traders were given permission to do business. Commenting on it, DM Ajay Shankar Pandey said the administration had received 1,177 applications from the industrialists, of which 517 small-scale industrial units were allowed to operate. He said among the 532 shops in rural areas, 145 deal in fruit and vegetables, 13 in mobile phone repair and 12 in construction material.
The district has so far recorded 104 cases, two deaths.

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Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

Confirmed cases in Assam rise to 44

One person from Assam’s Kokrajhar district, with a travel history of Cooch Behar in West Bengal, has tested positive for the coronavirus infection, said Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. With this the total number of infections in the state rose to 44, including 32 discharged, one death and 11 active cases.

According to the 5 pm update issued by the Union health ministry, India now has 42, 836 confirmed cases of coronavirus while 1,380 persons have died due to the disease. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases (12,974), followed by Gujarat (5, 428 cases), Delhi (4,549) cases, Tamil Nadu (3,023 cases) and Madhya Pradesh (2942).

Maharashtra also recorded the highest number of fatalities with 548 deaths followed by 290 in Gujarat and 165 in Madhya Pradesh.

According to the health ministry, the number of active cases stood at 29,685 as 11,761 persons were cured/discharged while one has migrated.

Earlier, while addressing a press briefing, Joint Secretary at the health ministry Lav Agarwal said that as many as 1,074 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day.

The rate of recovery stands at  27.52 percent , he said, but stressed that there is a need for rigorous implementation of the containment strategy while people also need to strictly adhere to hygiene as well as social distancing habits.

Agarwal cautioned that if the virus spread is detected in areas that do not have any active cases for now, restrictions can be reimposed there.

Kerala did not report a single new case for the second consecutive day, but neighbouring Tamil Nadu saw its tally rising by a record number of 527 new cases. Gujarat and Maharashtra also reported significant rise in their numbers. Several other states including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha also reported a rising number of cases.

Gujarat reported 376 new cases and 29 more deaths — the highest for a day — to take its total tally of confirmed cases to more than 5,800 and fatalities to 319. Ahmedabad alone reported 259 new cases and a record number of 26 deaths on Monday, taking its tally of confirmed cases to above 4,000 and the death toll to 234.

In Maharashtra’s Mumbai, the case count crossed the 9,000-mark and jumped to 9,123  with the addition of 510 new patients, while 18 more died due to the viral infection.

While several big urban centres across the country continued to report rise in the number of cases, several smaller states and Union Territories — including Goa, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Meghalaya, Assam, Aruranchal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Manipur, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Tripura — have witnessed nil or very few cases getting detected in the last few days.

Confusion prevails as restrictions are eased in green, orange zones

In the third phase of the lockdown, more categories of stores including of apparel and electrical goods, as also various kinds of repair centres, and even barber shops in some places, reopened in several parts of the country. Liquor shops saw the biggest of the crowds and had to be closed at many places, including in the National Capital, after social distancing norms appeared totally missing.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said whatever happened on Monday was not right and all have to follow the social distancing norms . “It is sad that people were not following social distancing norms at some shops today. I request everyone to not take any risk,” he said.

On the other hand, confusion prevailed in large industrial and business clusters across the country, including in Noida and Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi, on reopening of offices and industrial establishments due to lack of clarity on daily commute of their staff given continuing restrictions on major modes of the public transport.

Row over rail fares of migrant workers

The transport of migrant workers back to their home states continued for the third consecutive day on Monday. Kerala opened its borders at six places for Keralites stranded in other states due to the COVID-19 lockdown to return to their native places.

Migrants stand in long queues in Hyderabad as police personnel collect their personal details before sending them via trains to their native places. PTI

A total of 21,500 migrant workers and their family members stranded in Gujarat for over 40 days were sent back to their native states, including UP and Bihar, through 18 trains in the last three days, a senior official told PTI.

Union health ministry officials also said the process of transporting stranded migrant labourers was being coordinated by states, though the central government guidelines have clearly stated that the infectious disease management requires everyone to stay where he or she is.

“Based on the request given from states for particular cases, permission was given to run special trains. Be it the government of India or the Railways, we have not talked about charging from workers. Eighty-five per cent of the transportation cost is borne by the Railways, while states have to bear 15 percent of the cost,” Agarwal told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the Centre and said the party’s state units will bear the cost of rail travel of needy migrant workers and labourers stranded at their workplaces due to the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.

“What is particularly disturbing is that the central government and the Rail Ministry are charging them (migrant workers) for train tickets in this hour of crisis,” she said. “When the government can spend nearly Rs 100 crores on transport and food for just one public programme in Gujarat, when the Rail Ministry has the largesse to donate Rs 151 Crores to the PM’s Corona fund, then why can’t these essential members of our nation’s fabric be given a fraction of the same courtesy, especially free rail travel, at this hour of acute distress?,” the Congress president asked.

Centre to facilitate return of Indians stranded abroad

Separately, the Union Home Ministry said the government will facilitate the return of Indians stranded abroad and the process will begin from 7 May in a phased manner. Only asymptomatic people would be allowed to travel and it would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships, and the facility will be available on a payment basis.

After their arrival in India, medical examinations will be conducted on everyone and they will be subsequently put under quarantine for 14 days, either in a hospital or in an institutional facility, the ministry said.

Modi calls for new template of globalisation at NAM virtual conference

At a video-conference of leaders of the Non- Aligned Movement (NAM), Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi called for a new template of globalisation post COVID-19, saying humanity is facing a major crisis.

“COVID-19 has shown us the limitations of the existing international system. In the post-COVID world, we need a new template of globalization, based on fairness, equality, and humanity,” the prime minister said. “We need international institutions that are more representative of today’s world. We need to promote human welfare, and not focus on economic growth alone. India has long championed such initiatives,” he said.

With inputs from agencies

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